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Ukraine Firefighters Continue To Battle Deadly Blaze


Emergency crews are continuing to battle a fire southwest of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, but officials say there is no threat of the blaze spreading.

State Emergency Service chief Mykola Chechotkin said on June 10 that the massive fire at a fuel depot near the town of Vasylkiv, some 30 kilometers from Kyiv, had killed five people and injured 12 others.

He said six tanks were still burning.

The fire started late on June 8 in one tank and spread to at least 16 neighboring containers, most of them storing gasoline.

A large explosion occurred in the morning of June 9.

Interior Ministry official Zoryan Shkiryak has said police were investigating three possible causes of the fire -- "violations of fuel storage regulations, technical malfunctions, or arson."

The depot's owners said they suspected arson.

Based on reporting by UNIAN, Interfax, Reuters, and AP
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